Two Festivals Will Mark National Recovery Month

Community celebrations will be held in Lancaster to kick off and conclude National Recovery Month, which is observed in September. Both events will be held rain or shine at Buchanan Park, located at the corner of Buchanan and Race avenues, Lancaster.

Recovery Rocks, a music festival celebrating recovery from addiction, will start things off on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 6 p.m. Live music will be performed by Rick's One Man Band, Apes of the State, Bad Luck Charms, and Half Past Dead. Admission, along with games and activities for children, will be free of charge. Food trucks will be on-site selling refreshments.

The festival was previously hosted at The 521 Club, which is a sober club located in Manheim Township, but the club opted to move the event to the park so that more people can attend, said event committee member Matt Supplee. "We wanted it to be more visible and overall accessible to the community," added committee member Shawn "Kate" McNichol.

For more information about Recovery Rocks, readers may contact Supplee at 717-940-9993 or matt_supplee@yahoo.com or call James Severson at 717-250-8582. Event updates will also be posted on The 521 Club's Facebook page.

Recovery Day Lancaster 2018 will be held at the park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will feature the Walk for Recovery, in which participants will circumnavigate the approximately 1-mile perimeter of the Franklin & Marshall College campus at 11 a.m. A barbecue lunch will be served for a small fee from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Three bands - Apes of the State, A Day Without Love, and Wallace - will perform beginning at noon. Activities for children and adults, including face painting, balloons, crafts, and a traveling magician, will be offered throughout the day, and the event will conclude with a Serenity Circle.

Scott Theurer, an organizer for Recovery Day Lancaster and a person in recovery, explained that the Walk for Recovery is not a fundraising event. "It's to raise awareness and show that recovery is real in Lancaster. We want to put a face to addiction," he said. "We want to show people we do recover and come back to being contributing members of the community."

The theme of National Recovery Month this year is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community." Theurer noted that strong communities are important to reduce the number of people developing addictions and to support those in recovery. "Lancaster County is known for having a vibrant and alive recovery community," he said. "People move here for it."

Theurer reported that in the last quarter, the number of deaths from overdose in Lancaster County had dropped from the previous quarter, and this quarter looks to continue that trend. "To see the numbers coming down is exciting. Recovery is having an effect," he said. "Hope is a huge part of recovery. That's why we do these events: Everybody there is joyous and alive."

Information on how to access local resources for recovery will be available at the Recovery Day Lancaster event. Support groups, rehabilitation centers, and other programs will be represented. For immediate assistance, readers may contact the RASE Project at 717-295-3080 or visit http://www.raseproject.org.

There is no cost to attend Recovery Day Lancaster, but those who plan to enjoy the barbecue lunch are asked to register at http://www.lancastercountyrecovery.com/event/2018. For more information about the event, readers may visit the website or contact Amy Sechrist at asechrist@compassmark.org. Folks may also visit http://www.facebook.com/LancCoPARecoveryAlliance.

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